Posted by Dennis Smith on January 17, 2000 at 06:34:02:
I'm in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. I play electric, and like many of the bassists who have posted messeages, I am interested in learning to play an upright acoustic. I've read various postings on the internet have seen a general dissatisfaction with having to pay thousands of U.S. dollars for a bass. In my searches I have found plywood basses for as low as $695.00 (Cremona) and a few others all under $1000.00 U.S. Quesry: what's wrong with these basses. Didn't us electric players all start with something from Sears for $89.95? My first electric was a Fender Music Master. I purchases it for $200.00 Canadian in 1978 and played the hell out of it (now the "classics" and fetch $800 plus in Canada. I would like to here from anyone who has actually played these "student model" basses and tell my what their short comings are. I am well aware of the preferece for solid spruce tops over plywood. I have been told by some that a plywoold bass is actually preferred for the bassists who actually "gigs" and lives in changing climates (as I write this, it's 20 below celcius and zero humidity). I want to buy one of these cheap basses but I am afraid to considering all the talk about $15,000 basses being the only thing worth playing. I would be boosted by hearing from any Cremona or Strunal players, or anyone who has bought a Frankfurt bass from Jimlaabs (they are currently a bargain).
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